Bio: American baritone Raymond Ayers has performed at theaters across the U.S. and Europe, accumulating a repertoire of over 75 roles. Recently he was seen performing: When Lilacs in the Dooryard Bloom’d with Hans Graf at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Der Ferne Klang (Graf / Schauspieler) at Nationaltheater Mannheim with GMD Dan Ettinger, La Bohème (Marcello) at Theater Bremen directed by Benedikt von Peter, Don Carlo (Rodrigo) at Theater Hagen directed by Philipp Kochheim, Händel’s Messiah with Laurent Gendre conducting at the Musique Baroque en Avignon as well as performances with Radio Festival Montpellier singing Carmina Burana, which was broadcast on French National Radio. Other notable performances include Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro) with Theater Bonn, La Traviata (Germont) with Staatstheater Braunschweig and Bernstein’s Mass (Celebrant) with the Minnesota Orchestra. This season Mr. Ayers will travel to the U.S. to sing La Boheme (Marcello) with the Colorado Symphony and Staatstheater Braunschweig for performances of Zandonai's Giulietta e Romeo (Tebaldo) .
This fall Mr. Ayers continues as leading baritone at Germany’s Nationaltheater Mannheim. There he will be featured in Die Fledermaus (Dr. Falke), Cosi fan tutte (Guglielmo), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro) and Die Lustige Witwe (Danilo). In past seasons Mr. Ayers was seen performing the World Premier of Golem (Athansius Pernath) by Bernhard Lang as well as Turandot (Ping), Der Ferne Klang (Graf / Schauspieler), Die Zauberflöte (Papageno) Alceste (Hercules / Apollo), La Bohème (Schaunard), Falstaff (Ford), L’elisir d’Amore (Belcore), Die Liebe zu drei Orangen (Pantalone), Freischütz (Ottokar), Pagliacci (Silvio) and as baritone soloist in Carmina Burana.
Having a natural affinity and ability for modern music, Mr. Ayers has been involved in a number of productions and premiers in this genre: The German Premier of Selma Ježková - Dancer in the Dark (Bill Houston), the European Premier of Salsi Puedes (Chucho), the World Premier of The Star Gatherer (Mega the Baker) and the New York Premier of The Seagull (Constantine). Others include: Nixon in China (Chou En-lai), Lola rennt (Manni), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Lord Henry Wotton) and Bernstein’s Mass (Celebrant).
Mr. Ayers holds degrees from Westminster Choir College (BM) and Manhattan School of Music (MM). He is recorded on both Albany Records (The Seagull) and Afka labels (as oboist), and has been seen and heard on television and radio broadcasts throughout the U.S. and Europe.